Entries in Wales (2)


Ann Romney Visits Her Ancestral Roots

Scott Olson/Getty Images(LLANGYNWYD, Wales) -- Ann Romney will find herself in the middle of an old Welsh love story during her weekend getaway to her ancestral home.  After leaving the London Olympics, she is visiting the 850-year-old Old House Inn in Llangynwyd, Wales.

According to Richard Stephens-David, landlord of the Old House Inn, she should be arriving with a group of about 30 to 40 people, though the names of the guests have not been made public.

After breakfast Ann heads to a nearby church called Cynwyd. There, Stephens-David said she will speak with a local historian to look up her Welsh family heritage. “It is believed that some of her ancestors are buried in the graveyard there” Stephens-David said. “While she is there, she will have a male voice choir from a neighboring village sing to her.”

“The old Cynwyd Church that Ann will be visiting is attached to an old Welsh love story,” Stephens-David told ABC News. “The love story is about a wealthy landowner’s daughter who fell in love with a laborer.”

The landlord tells the tale of the young girl’s family disapproving of her love affair with a laborer and ultimately marrying her off to local solicitor.

“Both the daughter and the laborer died of a broken heart,” Stephens-David said. “They are both buried at that church. Wil Hopcyn, the laborer, is buried outside because he was a pauper, and the daughter, Ann Thomas, is buried inside because she came from wealth.”

Later in the afternoon, after her church visit, Romney is expected to return to the inn for lunch. “We will have a locally produced menu consisting of Welsh lamb and black beef for Ann and her guests,” said the innkeeper.

“But the choir boys will not be joining us for lunch.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Ann Romney Heads to Wales this Weekend

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rafalca, the dressage horse that took an elegant turn in the Olympics on Thursday, gets a break this weekend and Ann Romney, a part owner of Rafalca, is off to visit her roots in Wales.

She’ll spend Saturday at an 850-year-old pub, the Old House, in Llangynwyd, Romney aides confirm.  There, she will do an interview with NBC News and no doubt mention her coal miner grandfather from Wales.  

Wales Online first reported the news and writes that this isn’t the first star turn for the pub.  The pub’s proprietors have welcomed Richard Burton and David Bowie as patrons -- or punters as the Brits call them -- as well.

“This is the biggest thing that has ever happened to us,” Old House landlord Richard Stephens-David told Wales Online.  “It’s great for the pub and for the area, after all it’s not often you get a possible future head of state visiting.  I just hope she will return the favor if she gets into the White House.”

Mrs. Romney’s grandfather, David Davies, is from Nantyffyllon, Wales, and came to America in 1929.  On the campaign trail, both she and her husband often mention him and his struggles in an effort to connect with the audience and dispel Democrats’ attacks that Mitt Romney is out of touch.

Wales Online also reports that Mrs. Romney may visit the graves of relatives in the St. Cynwyd churchyard in Llangynwyd on Saturday.

“I am going to ask if I can make a return visit to the White House for the day,” Stephens-David said, adding that he thinks Mitt Romney is the “man for the job.”

“And Ann will make a superb first lady. Her grandfather from Nantyffyllon had guts and so does she,” he said.

Ann Romney is staying in the U.K. to watch Rafalca and rider Jan Ebeling’s next dressage performance on Aug. 7.  Her husband has a campaign event in Las Vegas on Friday as well as a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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